POST | July 13, 2006
By Yaakov Katz
In the midst of the chaos churning in the Middle East Israel is releasing
another wave of blatant propaganda with this Jerusalem Post article. Right on
the heels of the recent false reports that Iran's government was going to impliment
a nasi-esque plan to pin yellow Stars of David on the Jews in that country comes
this story that the Hizbullah fighters are planning to transport two Israeli
captured soldiers to Iran.
This is such blantant provocation that would never ever
be allowed to occur. Iran would never allow Hizbullah to harbor their POW's
there no matter how much the Iranian government backs the group. This is transparent
propaganda to help build momentum for an Israeli invasion of Iran.
Israel has information that Hizbullah guerrillas who captured two Israeli soldiers
are trying to transfer them to Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.
Regev did not disclose the source of his information.
The IDF released the names of the two soldiers on Thursday. According to the
IDF Spokesperson, the two reserve are Ehud Goldwasser, 31, from Nahariya, and
Eldad Regev, 26, from Kiryat Motzkin.
Hizbullah guerrillas, who are backed by Iran, seized the soldiers Wednesday
in a cross-border raid.
OC Northern Command Lt.-Gen. Udi Adam said Thursday evening that the army has
hit hundreds of targets in Lebanon since Wednesday night.
Adam added that Israel has not ruled out sending ground forces into Lebanon.
He told reporters that even Northern Command had come under Katyusha fire during
"I imagine over time that we will be able to rid ourselves of this threat
entirely," he said.
Earlier in the day, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz confirmed Thursday
that the soldiers who had been kidnapped by Hizbullah a day before were still
"We know the soldiers are alive and we hold the Lebanese government completey
responsible," he said during a tour of the North.
Israel was not at war with Lebanon but at a "high volume crisis,"
He said that a new reality has been created on the northern border that started
yesterday with the deaths of eight soldiers.
The focus of the operation in Lebanon would be to restore Israel's deterrent
capability against those in Lebanon, referring to Hizbullah, who thought the
IDF was irrelevant, he explained.
"The goal is to create a new reality in the north," Halutz told reporters,
"Such attacks will not be tolerated."
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